I am 39 years old and have had sex with men a few times over the years. My wife knows about my
past and feels very threatened about it. The last couple of months I find my self obsessed with exciting
fantasies about sex with men. When I have sex with my wife I find myself fantasizing about a man. I
don't think I'm a homosexual. I don't really look at men on the street, I look at women. However,
these fantasies about men are overwhelming. I am also in my first year of recovery from drug and
alcohol abuse. Can you help me be less confused?
It's easy to see why you're confused. It's a natural reaction to your fantasies about men. But let's not start there.
Let's start with the fact that you've been abusing drugs and alcohol until fairly recently. I'm not an expert in
treating addictions, but I do know that learning to live without drugs can be pretty confusing. You're probably just
starting to learn how emotions and sex feel without drugs and alcohol, just starting to get to know yourself.
I suggest you start by giving yourself permission to be confused. Sometimes it takes a while to figure ourselves
out. I also suggest you find a safe place to talk about your feelings and fantasies. That could be with a
psychotherapist, in a group, or with friends or a member of the clergy.
There are many people who find themselves sexually attracted to both men and women. Some of them identify as
bisexual. There is a book called Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out that you may find helpful. It's
published by Alyson Publications in Boston.
Author and psychologist Gail S. Bernstein,
Ph.D. has a psychotherapy practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Bernstein speaks
and writes about gay, lesbian and bisexual people for both general and professional
audiences, and is the author of the new audiotape, NOT
HETEROSEXUAL: An Educational Program About Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People.